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THE PLAY - THE OTHER COUNTRY
The Other Country, a community-based theatrical event for all ages, was staged at the historic Foss Waterway Seaport in August, 2017, with five sold out shows. Those unable to get tickets, or who were out of town, can now enjoy a video of the play, created especially to share with the community. Join us in celebrating a classic era of local immigrant history.
The Blue Mouse Theatre (2611 N Proctor St, Tacoma 98407) will open their doors to a benefit screening
Thursday, May 17 at 7pm
Admission $5 at the door, additional donations to benefit Tacoma Historical Society.
Ticket holders will be treated to two films: Bringing Thea Home: The Making of The Other Country (14mins) and The Other Country - A Play With Music about Thea Foss (video rendition) (1hr12mins). The video production was filmed by Pacific Lutheran University media students Ron Berg, Nicole Jones and Eric Zayas. Ron Berg of Midnight Reflections Video Production edited the full play video. Nicole Jones edited Bringing Thea Home.
DVDs of the two videos are available for $7.50.
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About the Play...
The Other Country is a community-based, site-specific event, placing the memorable Thea Foss story squarely in its original and authentic setting. The production took place both inside and outside the dynamic and historic Foss Waterway Seaport (705 Dock Street, Tacoma), in August of 2017. The play celebrates diverse backgrounds, the spirit of a strong female entrepreneur, and the enduring beauty and power of Puget Sound.
Nancy Bourne Haley's award-winning 2006 documentary film Finding Thea inspired Kristin Lyhman in Skipvet, Norway to write and produce a moving treatment of this story, including beautiful incidental music, with her theatre company Nes Lenseteater. It seems natural and fitting that our region should produce her play, Det Andre Landet, translated into English by Janet Ruud and Kari Nellia Groven, here in Tacoma. See The News Tribune Article
The diverse cast consisted of 22 local actors and singers of multiple ages, cultures and heritages, reflective of the "immigrants from many countries" referenced by Thea in her letters home, accompanied by 2 area musicians. The Other Country, produced by Nancy Bourne Haley, was co-directed by Marilyn Bennett and Suzy Willhoft, artistic directors of the independent theatre companies Toy Boat Theatre and Found Space Productions, musically directed by Debbie Birkey and with costumes by Alex Lewington.
Spanning from 1880-1927, The Other Country encompasses Thea's humble beginnings in Norway, her marriage to Andrew Foss, and her family's subsequent immigration to the United States. Once settled in Tacoma, this practical, intelligent, and determined woman began a small Puget Sound boat business. Due to Thea's tenacity and business acumen, and with the help of her husband and children, this eventually became the famous Foss Maritime Company, which continues to thrive.
Special thanks to play funders: Foss Waterway Seaport, Pacific Lutheran University Scandinavian Cultural Center, University of Puget Sound Theatre Department, Foss Maritime Company, Florence Kilworth Foundation, Gottfried & Mary Fuchs Foundation, Tacoma Arts Commission, Bayview Partners, Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, Sons of Norway Foundation, Tacoma Historical Society, various Daughters of Norway lodges, and many kind individuals.
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